by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2017
Earrings are by far my favorite form of jewelry. I like to make them and I love to wear them. It took a real effort to settle on just a few fabulous Art Nouveau sets to display here!
Yes, these are indeed jellyfish!
Plique-a-jour enamel, drop-shaped opals, set in gold. Designer Georges Fouquet
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Sterling silver Celtic teardrop earrings.
Peacock blue opals, diamonds, and sapphires set in gold.
Enamel and pearl pendant earrings.
Moonstones, sapphires, and diamonds set in gold.
Handcrafted in rose and green 14k gold and set with round and drop shaped sparkling golden green Uralian chrysolites.
by Lillian Csernica on April 5, 2017
Another common motif in Art Nouveau is the dragonfly, particularly in the creations of master jeweler Rene Lalique. His name is synonymous with all that is best in Art Nouveau.
From The Jewellry Editor:
The dragonfly embodied many of the themes that the Art Nouveau style evoked: nature; sensuality; metamorphosis from one physical form to another; and a more fantastical approach as in the case of Lalique’s dragonflies turning into women.
Sterling silver art nouveau dragonfly ring.
Gold and blue sapphires.
A small, round, moulded-pressed opalescent glass box.
Tiara: enameled dragonflies all flying toward a large aquamarine.
Detailed view of the aquamarine and dragonfly tiara.
Gold dragonfly pitcher by Emile Galle.
There are so many lovely examples of dragonfly art in the world of Art Nouveau. I have room to show only a few. I hope these will encourage you to explore the world of Lalique and his talented contemporaries!
by Lillian Csernica on April 4, 2017
In polite society, if you were anyone at all you carried calling cards, which made card cases among the most essential accessories for both men and women.
Antique Art Nouveau silver card case dated Christmas 1907
In addition to calling cards, ladies of society also had dance cards. When playing the marriage game or just having an evening out, a proper lady had to plan ahead!
Two Austrian dance card cases circa 1901-1902
Smoking was a common habit in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, even among ladies. The flappers of the Roaring ’20s called cigarettes “gaspers,” and kept them in ornate cigarette cases.
Antique Art Nouveau silver and enamel cigarette case
A Russian gun metal and silver Art Nouveau cigarette case, Moscow 1908-1917
For those who carried cigarettes, the natural companion to the cigarette case was the match safe, also known as a “vesta.”
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Gorham Butterfly Woman Sterling Silver Repousse Match Case
American Sterling Silver Vesta